Building through the draft is the smartest way to assemble a roster. Teams can select players who truly fit their system, at a less expensive rate. Franchises also tend to have an easier time further molding and developing these individuals than they do veterans, who have already established how they play the game.
Case and point, the San Antonio Spurs, who are slugging it out with the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, featuring a roster that is largely comprised of players they drafted and cheap veteran signings.
When it comes to the draft, the key is getting maximum value for where you are picking at. Sometimes, this is easier said than done. Rather than settling for taking a player too high, a team is best served by trading down.
In a draft that is widely regarded as lacking even one elite player but may be loaded with role players, let’s examine the teams who would be wise to reposition themselves further down the draft board: